In our weekly column Personally Tech, we talk to men and women from different walks of life and hears their thoughts on the technology they love and rely on every day. This week, we caught up with Ankush Gera, CEO Junglee Games.
Junglee Games is a San Francisco based gaming company focusing on games for India. Some of its successful games include Junglee Rummy, Junglee Poker, Junglee Teenpatti and Howzat. These games may not be what comes to mind, when you think of video games, but Junglee has been in the business for almost five years now, so it's obviously doing something right. Gera himself talks about his high end gaming rig - something he really doesn't need to play Poker of course - but he also mentions his real dream is a virtual reality setup where he can work and play without interruption. Read on to know more about the apps and devices he swears by.
1. Describe your technology setup - what computer/ phone/ tablet/ camera/ gaming console/ other gadgets do you use?
Ankush Gera: For business, I work on a fully loaded Retina Macbook Pro. At home, I have a 4-year-old custom-built gaming rig running with a Nvidia GTX 560ti, a quad core 3.4Ghz Intel Core i7 2nd gen, five RAID-10 Western Digital SATA 3Gbps 1TB drives, two RAID-0 15K RPM Western Digital SCSI drives and six 4GB Corsair DDR3 Memory all sitting on an Asus P6T WS motherboard.
For playing games on tablets, I use an iPad Mini 3.
2. What are three apps (mobile/ tablet or PC/ Mac) you couldn't live without?
Ankush Gera: The three I use the most are Uber for transportation, Postmates for deliveries, and Soundcloud where I get my music.
3. What is the one gadget (other than your phone) you never travel without?
Ankush Gera: My iPad Mini.
4. What is your dream gadget/ technology setup?
Ankush Gera: Combining Microsoft's HoloLens with Google's Project Soli would be a magnificent setup. Programming on an air keyboard while walking around my workspace seeing what people are working on in 3D, 2D, animation without needing to interrupt anyone! The game studio's workspace will truly come to life when this technology is ready for us to play with!
5. How has technology changed the way in which you work?
Ankush Gera: Technology and the Internet have made our workspace global. We have offices in San Francisco, Hong Kong, and India and are able to communicate effectively through tools and collaborate on large projects in different time zones with ease. With the evolution of laptops, I can run at full speed at whichever office I'm at. Calendars drive my days and my phone reminds me on what's next anywhere.
Technology is truly integrated into my life and work. With the press of a button, I can hop into a cab and never drive. With another click, I can get food delivered from my favorite restaurants that otherwise don't deliver or have someone pickup anything I want, from anywhere. Cutting out all these chores out of my personal life shaves off a few hours a day just to focus on work.
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